Austin Negligent Security Lawyer
Property owners in Texas have a responsibility to keep their guests safe. Unfortunately, many property owners cut corners and try to save costs by skimping on security features. This can have devastating consequences if you happen to be at a place a business while a crime is being committed.
You may be entitled to compensation if you were recently the victim of a crime while visiting a business in Austin, Texas. The experienced attorneys at Lorenz & Lorenz can help you demand compensation from the negligent shop owner. You’ve suffered injuries because they didn’t have the necessary security measures in place. Now they should be forced to take responsibility for your injuries.
Your first consultation is free, so do not hesitate to contact our Austin negligent security lawyers for help today.
Why Should I Hire an Austin Personal Attorney?
Whether you were assaulted or harmed during an armed robbery, we understand that you’re shaken up. Rightfully so. We also understand how physically, emotionally, and financially overwhelmed you may be. You shouldn’t have to struggle with the aftermath of your attack alone. The property owner who had a duty to protect you failed. They should be held fully accountable. Fortunately, you can seek compensation by filing a negligent security lawsuit.
While you can pursue damages on your own, it’s best to hire an Austin personal injury lawyer who has experience handling these complex claims. Here’s what you can expect when you trust the legal team at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP to handle your negligent security case.
We’ll fight for you when we:
- Work hard to prove that the business owner should have been able to anticipate the criminal activity that caused your injury
- Identify the security measures the business owner had in place at the time of the attack
- Determine the minimum level of security that would have been necessary to keep you safe
- Mitigate claims that you contributed to your own injury, and
- Consult with experts to assess the value of your claim.
Our goal is to prove that the property owner was negligent and, because of this, you’ve been injured. We’ll carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding your injuries and gather the proof that’s needed to win your case. Call our law offices today to learn more.
What is Negligent Security?
You shouldn’t have to worry about your safety when you visit a store or business in Austin. In Texas, store owners are subject to the state’s premises liability laws. They can be liable if you are injured while on their property.
Premises liability involves much more than slip and fall accidents. It includes negligent security – where property owners are held liable for harm caused by a third-party’s behavior.
Simply put, negligent security means that a property owner didn’t take reasonable and necessary safety precautions to keep you safe. As a result, you were hurt by something a third party did. You can demand compensation from the property owner when this happens.
Third-Party Crime Must Be Reasonably Foreseeable
You can’t always hold a property owner responsible for injuries that are caused by a third party. Negligent security claims must involve criminal or dangerous behavior that should have been anticipated. Property owners usually aren’t responsible for random acts of violence that couldn’t have been predicted.
How do we know if violent crime or behavior is reasonably foreseeable? When do property owners have to go above and beyond to provide a little extra security for their guests?
- The business is located in a high-crime area
- Criminals have targeted the business or area in the past
- The business creates an atmosphere that may attract crime (e.g., bar, pawnshop)
- The business is located in an area known for drugs or prostitution
- The business has alleys or parking lots that are not well lit
If there’s a history of crime or the business is located in a high-crime area, property owners probably have a legal duty to install adequate security features.
When Might I Have a Negligent Security Case?
You might have a negligent security case if you were injured by a third party while visiting a:
- Retail store
- Shopping mall
- City building
- Convention center
- Sports complex, or
- Parking garage.
This includes parking lots, sidewalks, and alleys that may be controlled by the property owner.
Property Owners Must Take Safety Precautions
A property owner may be liable for your injuries if they didn’t have appropriate security measures in place, including:
- Door locks
- Surveillance cameras
- Well-lit parking lots and alleys
- Security guards
- Cash management policies, or
- Silent alarms.
Property owners must assess the potential threat of criminal activity and implement reasonable security measures. If there’s a low chance of crime, owners probably only have to take a few small measures to protect guests. If there’s a high likelihood of criminal activity, owners must go to greater lengths to keep guests secure.
What Damages Can I Recover With a Negligent Security Lawsuit?
You can suffer severe injuries as the victim of a crime. Assault and battery can leave you struggling with debilitating injuries. A robbery can traumatize you for life. It’s expensive to recover from and come to terms with these injuries. You shouldn’t be saddled with that responsibility. The negligent property owner who allowed you to get hurt should.
Our Austin personal injury lawyers will seek compensation on your behalf, including money for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages and income
- Nursing care
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
We can work with experts in Travis County to make sure that your damages are identified and valued properly. Our goal is to get you the money you need, and get it fast.
Statute of Limitations for Negligent Security Cases
Don’t hesitate to ask for help after you’ve been the victim of an assault or battery at an Austin business. The state limits the amount of time you have to pursue compensation. Generally speaking, you’ll have two years from the date you suffered your injury to file a claim. You’ll lose the right to recover the money you deserve if you let the statute of limitations expire.
Call our Negligent Security Lawyers For Help
Were you the victim of a crime while visiting a business in Austin? Could your injuries have been avoided if the property owner had better security measures in place? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced attorneys at Lorenz & Lorenz to find out how we can help you maximize your financial award.
We know that you need money. We’re here to help you fight for every penny you deserve. Call our law firm to schedule a free consultation today. We’ll review your case and answer any questions you have.